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Velivia Peterson, 8, walks with others across the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the start of the Journey for Justice March, organized by the NAACP. The 860-mile march is planned to go from Selma to Washington D.C. over the course of 40 days.  Photo by Albert Cesare/Montgomery Advertiser via AP.

 “Journey for Justice” Marchers Call for Police Reform

  By Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams   Social justice and human rights activists rallied Monday on the steps of the South Carolina State Capitol Building, calling for full-scale criminal justice reform including national, uniform standards [...]
Senator Steve Glazer

Sen. Glazer Introduces Legislation to Restore Local Control to School Boards

  Senator Steve Glazer, D-Contra Costa, announced this week that he has introduced legislation that would restore fiscal responsibility to the budgeting decisions of local school districts.
Jessica Gatewood, Richard Linyard's mother. Photos by Ken Epstein

OPD Releases Video Footage in Two Police-Involved Deaths

  In an unprecedented move, the Oakland Police Department this week released body camera evidence to some representatives of the media but not to the general public in two police-involved deaths, hoping to clear up [...]
Community members and organizations packed the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors' meeting room before the supervisors' vote on the proposed expansion of the West County Detention Facility. Photo courtesy of the California Nurses Association.

Supervisors Turn Down Proposed County Jail Expansion Sheriff Can Still Go Ahead with State Funding Application

  The vote to contribute $10 million for the expansion of a Contra Costa County jail unexpectedly failed to garner enough support from the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, hampering Sheriff David Livingston’s application for [...]
Protesters block streets after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

State Bans Grand Juries in Police-Involved Deaths The ban is not a significant change to the pre-existing process, say civil rights experts

  Public reaction was enormously positive last week when California became the first state to ban the use of grand juries in police-involved killings, but civil rights experts say the change is not significant. Signed by [...]
Senator Bernie Sanders spoke in Oakland Monday to a rally at the headquarters of National Nurses United (NNU), where he received the union's endorsement for president. Standing next to Sanders is NNU Co-President Deborah Burger, RN. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Nurses (HEART) Bernie Sanders Candidate calls for an end to racism and mass incarceration and for jobs and free education

  Senator Bernie Sanders was in Oakland this week, where he won the endorsement of the 185,000-member National Nurses Union (NNU), adding serious momentum to his low-budget, grassroots campaign to win the Democratic presidential nomination [...]
Photo courtesy of the Eastbay Express

OPD Must Seek Ways to Avoid Deadly Force, Says Federal Monitor Black and Latino motorists and pedestrians stopped and searched disproportionately

  Independent Monitor Robert Warshaw, federal Judge Thelton Henderson’s representative in Oakland, is putting a spotlight on police shootings in cases that may be “by the book” and “legally defensible” but result in injuries and [...]
Rev. Amos Brown

Frederick Douglas Haynes Gardens Housing Complex Tenants Win Last-minute Reprieve

  By Wade Woods   After several days of twist and turns, residents of the historic Frederick Douglas Haynes Garden housing complex could breathe a little easier after learning that their apartments would not be [...]